Tulsa may be Star Trek fans’ final frontier

DAVID HARPER - Tulsa World Published: June 28, 2009
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TULSA — Kimberly Long and Jessica Joplin have been "Star Trek” fans for a long time, but on Saturday in Tulsa, the women boldly went where they had never gone before.

They had their picture taken with Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as "Spock.”

Nimoy was at the Union Multipurpose Activity Center, 6836 S Mingo Road, as part of Trek Expo. That’s where like-minded individuals will gather once again today to celebrate their shared passion for all things "Star Trek,” from the television show all the way through this year’s hit theatrical film.

Long and Joplin came from Wichita Falls, Texas, to meet Nimoy.

Joplin said she has been a fan for as long as she remembers. But Long said she was a little slower to catch on to the series.

"I got her into it,” Joplin said proudly.

The original series had long completed its run by the time either of the 27-year-olds discovered it.

Make it a stardate
Michael Hoyt, 50, of Tulsa recalls when the show first aired in the late 1960s. He said while a lot of his contemporaries were playing "cowboys and Indians” he was immediately hooked on the adventures of the crew of the Enterprise because it was so different from anything else on the air at the time.

Little did he know that, many years later, being a "Star Trek” fan would help him in his dating life.

Seriously.

Hoyt said when he first met Dee McCoy of Skiatook, he was a little reluctant to admit his allegiance to "Star Trek.”

That’s understandable.


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